US has automatic cyberattack software, says Snowden

Science fiction has a way of creeping into reality -- or vice versa. Take, for example, the idea that computers will become so intelligent they will automatically launch weapons at the first sign

Published on: August 14th, 2014 Howard Solomon

An unlimited appetite for data

Law enforcement and government intelligence agencies will insist they can never gather too much information when conducting an investigation. They're probably right. On the other hand, if let completely lose these agencies would probably collect

Published on: August 14th, 2014 Howard Solomon

What was really behind the U.S. healthcare Web site fiasco

Last fall one of the biggest IT projects in the world was a laughingstock. Healthcare.gov, the Obama administration's portal to register Americans for a new health insurance exchange was staggering under the number of people

Published on: August 13th, 2014 Howard Solomon

How the Nasdaq was hacked

There have been lots of reports that governments around the world aren't paying enough attention to protecting their critical infrastructure -- telecom networks, water systems and power grids -- from cyber attacks. Stock markets would

Published on: July 18th, 2014 Howard Solomon

A U.S. case Canadian CSOs should keep an eye on

CIOs and CSOs have some concerns about their enterprises storing data offshore, particularly in the U.S., over worries that there's a risk sensitive corporate or customer data can't be protected from government reach.

Published on: July 17th, 2014 Howard Solomon

TSA cracks down on mobile phones, devices

Are you planning to fly south of the border anytime soon? The United States Transportation Security Administration said travellers to the U.S. may be asked to power up their mobile phones and other

Published on: July 7th, 2014 Nestor E. Arellano

Spy agency criticized for Canadian data-gathering

The Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC) routinely sweeps up information on Canadian citizens in the course of monitoring global communications and assessing the vulnerability of federal computer networks. That information can be held

Published on: May 30th, 2014 Andrew Brooks

eBay’s security headaches keep piling up

The story about the massive cyber attack that may have compromised as many as 145 million eBay accounts a few months ago – but that was revealed by the online retailer only last

Published on: May 26th, 2014 Andrew Brooks

Tax info may be a little too ‘shared’: privacy watchdog

Canada's sharing of tax information with the US in compliance with American tax laws may jeopardize the privacy of Canadian dual citizens, warns the country's privacy watchdog. A Canadian Press story, reported in

Published on: May 21st, 2014 Andrew Brooks